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With Pitkanen sidelined, ‘Canes sign d-man Hainsey

Sep 12, 2013, 3:27 PM EST

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The Carolina Hurricanes have signed veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey to a one-year, $2 million contract, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.

The ‘Canes will hope Hainsey, 32, can help fill the void left by Joni Pitkanen, who’s expected to miss the entire 2013-14 season with a serious heel injury.

Hainsey played 47 games for the Winnipeg Jets last season, registering no goals and 13 assists while logging an average of 22:51 in ice time. He became an unrestricted free agent after his five-year, $22.5 million contract expired this summer.

Update (3:27 p.m. ET):

The club has confirmed the signing.

“Ron is an experienced, two-way defenseman,” said general manager Jim Rutherford. “He was very interested in joining our team this summer, and was patient as we waited for updated information about Joni Pitkanen’s injury. We are happy to be able to solidify our defense with a player of this caliber at this stage.”

  1. withseidelinn - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    As a Leafs fan this is relaxing. I thought they would take a stab at Franson for sure.

  2. ibieiniid - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    interesting throwback article: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/08/is-the-lockout-going-to-get-ron-hainsey-blacklisted-by-the-owners/

    I’ve actually kinda enjoyed going back and looking at certain players’ involvement in the lockout and reading some comments from the commenters still around here, and remembering how differently I was thinking about players at that point. for christ sake, I loved Crosby during the lockout. i shudder thinking about that now.

    • hockey412 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      That is interesting. In reading the comments on that article, I also shudder thinking how Blomfeld has been that annoying for that long and is still around.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        lol he was far worse back then. I’ve come around a bit. started to get his sense of humor…. but still rarely agree with him.

  3. stcrowe - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    About a decade ago, Mike Komisarek and Ron Hainsey were considered blue chip defensive prospects in Montreal. Now, they are somewhat aging journeymen. Time flies.

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